Corsair One Pro Review
Published: 20th April 2017 | Source: Corsair | Price: £1800 - £2200 |
The low noise and compact dimensions have to be the star of the show with the Corsair One, but it would all be for naught if the performance was heavily compromised to achieve those headline grabbing elements. After all, if we want something that is just silent then we'd go for passive cooling everywhere, but passive cooled hardware always has performance limitations. Limitations that don't exist in on the One.
Don't believe us? Here are some figures :
A regular GTX 1080 in Unigine Valley 4K scores 32 FPS average at around 70°C. The Corsair One Pro scores 34.5 FPS at 50°C. Standard GTX 1080 in Unigine Superposition, 6466. The Corsair One Pro, 6672. Now we know some of you are now thinking "where is the rest?" well its a 7700K system with a GTX1080 so its fairly clear its not going to be a slouch. We just focused on how small and stupidly quiet it is. Saying that... Listen.... Can you hear that? No? Well thats what its like sat beside the ONE at idle. Even at full load its VERY quiet and a lot of system builders should judge their systems on how quiet this thing is.
Yes, that single 140mm fan works that well with the water coolering that you not only get low noise levels but you get them with temperatures cool enough that the GPU Boost 3.0 technology on the GTX 1080 can give you higher performance than a Founders Edition GTX 1080 on our X99 test rig.
The capabilities of the Corsair One Pro are such that, if we hadn't actually tested it ourselves, we wouldn't believe them. They are the kind of numbers you see in deregulated advertising, the ones that you know require a page of small print to explain how you too can achieve this score, but only if you run with the case open, in the arctic, with a manual overclock, and the score obtained is the peak score which was actually only achieved for two nanoseconds. With the Corsair One there is no need for such small print or disclaimers. We ran it in the same room we run all of our benchmark tests, with the same drivers and benchmarks that are publicly available, and it knocked it out of the park. Just to try and trip it over we even left a 4K Unigine Valley run over night (roughly 10hours as we went to the cafe for breakfast) and when we walked into the office we thought the bench had stopped because the system was so quiet, sure the fan was running but we were expecting it to be howling. Even after this overnight abuse the CPU temp had reached 64C and the GPU had reached a maximum of 56C.
How exactly Corsair have achieved these temperatures with the use of a single fan and still being incredibly quiet at load and pretty much silent at idle is almost witchcraft. We still find ourselves open mouthed at the gorgeous looks, quiet performance and insane attention to detail of the Corsair One. It's a beauty in every possible regard. Can we have a white one?